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April 5, 2021
 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, pose for photos at the start of their meeting in Tehran, Iran, March 27. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi
Slender Beijing-Tehran Agreement: More is Less, Despite Hype
  Jonathan Fulton |
اقرأ بالعربية

China is not going to jeopardize relations with the United States or the Gulf Arab states for stronger ties with an Iran of marginal economic and political value.
The United Arab Emirates and a South Asian Peace Process
 Umer Karim |
اقرأ بالعربية

Geopolitical developments and mounting domestic challenges for India and Pakistan coalesced to create the right timing for the UAE’s efforts to broker a peace agreement.
Battlefield Realities Overshadow Some Core Yemeni Concerns in Peace Process
 Fatima Abo Alasrar

With multiple interests at play, peacemaking in Yemen is a complex problem that goes beyond one party's willingness to take action.
The United States Is the Last Check on MbS’ Power
  F. Gregory Gause III via Foreign Affairs

Washington should rein in, not isolate, the Saudi prince.
The United Arab Emirates’ Post-COVID-19 Outlook
 Robert Mogielnicki via Columbia University Journal of International Affairs

The UAE faces tough economic challenges. Nevertheless, its economic pillars allow it to enjoy a position of strength while battling for regional economic influence and pursue a sound economic recovery.
A U.S. Ambassador Ends His Service on the Front Lines in Syria
 Ambassador William Roebuck via Defense One

When I concluded my service as U.S. ambassador to the kingdom of Bahrain in 2017, I had a number of possibilities in mind for the next assignment. None of them included service as the United States' senior diplomat in northeastern Syria.
A New Syria Process Cuts Out Iran to Bring in Gulf Arabs
 Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

The marginalization of the Islamic Republic would suit all the other parties involved.
AGSIW in Arabic
  أعرب قادة بعض الدول الحليفة لواشنطن في المنطقة، بشكل مباشر وغير مباشر، عن قلقهم من الانسحاب الأميركي العسكري والسياسي البطيء من المنطقة، والذي بدأ قبل انتخاب الرئيس بايدن
  لن تخاطر الصين بعلاقاتها مع الولايات المتحدة أو دول الخليج العربية من أجل علاقات أقوى مع إيران ذات القيمة الاقتصادية والسياسية الهامشية
  تتضافر التطورات الجيوسياسية والتحديات المحلية المتزايدة للهند وباكستان باتجاه خلق التوقيت المناسب للجهود الإماراتية للتوسط في اتفاقية سلام
 Houthi supporters attend a rally marking six years for a Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, March 26. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
AP Photo/Hani Mohammed
Upcoming Event
With Renewed Efforts to End the War, What are the Prospects for Peace in Yemen?
Wednesday April 28 | 10:00 - 11:30 EDT

On April 28, AGSIW will host a discussion with Fatima Abo Alasrar, Ibrahim Jalal, and Rasha Jarhum on efforts to end the conflict in Yemen. Gregory D. Johnsen will moderate the discussion.
In the Media
  • The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies: Robert Mogielnicki gave the presentation "The Geopolitical Implications of Accelerating Digital Transformation Agendas in Gulf Arab States" at the conference "Geopolitics and Cross-cultural Comparisons of ICT Use by Governments, Corporations and Civil Society Actors in the Global South."
  • Sciences Po: Emma Soubrier taught a class on human security and the Gulf.
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